In Calhoun's place, the dormitory will be now be named for Grace Murray Hopper, a computer scientist who received two mathematics degrees from Yale in the 1930s.
"I want to ensure we don't erase history, especially history that embarrasses us and had university involvement", Yale president Peter Salovey said on a call with reporters. Many Yale alumni opposed-and still oppose-changing the name of Calhoun.
The college's new name will honor Grace Murray Hopper.
"It is not clear to me, too, that the name of Calhoun College must change".
"We have a strong presumption against renaming buildings on this campus", Salovey said Saturday. Calhoun College, which opened in 1933, was decorated with depictions of slaves carrying bales of cotton, and derisively referred to as the "Calhoun Plantation".
"I'm underwhelmed", said Rabb, an educator and state representative in Pennsylvania who co-founded an alumni network for black Yale graduates.
Hopper was recalled to active service in the Navy at the age of 60, and retired as a rear admiral when she was 79.
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Calhoun, the nation's seventh vice president, attended Yale and was its valedictorian.
This will be the second residence hall named for a woman at Yale.
The arrests were practiced and planned, and a final show of civil disobedience before the Yale Board of Trustees is expected to meet this weekend to discuss the name change of Calhoun College, an undergraduate residential college that has been the subject of controversy for more than a year. To that end, we will not remove symbols of Calhoun from elsewhere on our campus, and we will develop a plan to memorialize the fact that Calhoun was a residential college name for eighty-six years. Over the past year, Yale students have protested Calhoun's ties to white supremacy in the hopes of getting a new namesake.
In addition to serving as vice president, Calhoun was also a secretary of state, secretary of war and a US senator. Criminal charges have since been dropped and Yale has rehired Menafee, who had described the image as offensive.
Then, in April, Yale University had chose to keep the name for Calhoun College.
After receiving her master's in mathematics in 1930 and a doctorate in mathematical physics in 1934, Hopper went on to help develop the first computer language "compiler", the New Haven Register reports.